#Unload: Pick Up the Pieces Opening Reception
Oct
11
5:00 PM17:00

#Unload: Pick Up the Pieces Opening Reception

Join the Ely Center of Contemporary Art for the opening reception of our latest show, #UNLOAD: Pick Up the Pieces, on Thursday, October 11, 5-8 PM.

#UNLOAD: Pick Up the Pieces is an unjuried, inclusive, community-driven exhibition that explores issues surrounding gun control laws and the impact of guns on society. The exhibition and events aim to raise questions regarding violence, safety, gender, equality, and the influence of media on violence and mental health stigmas.

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Aug
15
6:00 PM18:00

Albers Color Workshop

Albers Color Workshop
20.00

SOLD OUT!!!!!!!

ALBERS COLOR WORKSHOP
Wednesday, August 15
6 – 7:30 pm
$20 per person
Limited enrollment- 30 max
Light refreshments

Fritz Horstman is Artist Residency and Education Coordinator at the Albers Foundation. He has developed and presented workshops and lectures for institutions such as the Bauhaus Dessau, Dia:Beacon, The Drawing Center, Princeton University, Bennington College, Yale University, Exploratorium San Francisco, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts Paris, and the Lebanese American University in Beirut, as well as numerous elementary, middle and high schools and community centers. He has shown his own art in recent exhibitions in France, Russia, Japan, Norway, California, Massachusetts and Brooklyn.

Working directly from Albers’s teaching notes from the Bauhaus, Black Mountain College and Yale University, we approach color with open eyes, working through exercises such as “make three colors become four” and “four color worlds.” Because of the abstract and subjective nature of color, this workshop is useful to all artists — those focused on color and those focused elsewhere.

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Basics of Origami Corrugations
Aug
5
2:00 PM14:00

Basics of Origami Corrugations

Led by artist Benjamin Parker

This two-hour workshop will focus on the construction of origami corrugations, interesting mountainous paper forms that capture shadows in an impressive manner and have several applications outside of the paper arts.

No origami background needed, just an appreciation for paper and its many forms of manipulation.

Learn more about Ben's unique paper corrugation art by visiting his website.

$20/person
Limited to 20 people
No materials needed—all materials supplied

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Jun
3
1:00 PM13:00

ECOCA A.I.R.

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Summer Edition

Sunday, June 3 – Sunday, July 26, 2018

A new edition of the ECOCA artist-in-residence workspace program where artists and collectives each occupy a room in the John Slade Ely House Galleries, a 1905 English Elizabethan style house, to produce work that includes film, painting, illustration, video and social practice.

The International Arts & Ideas Festival is planning a public tour on Saturday, June 23 @ 3 pm, of the Ely Center's Artists-in-Residence and a Closing Reception on July 26 from 5 – 7 pm. Other special programming will be announced throughout the month—studio visits for the residents and workshops, panels, conversations, screenings, and other public events driven by the artists-in-residence.

ECOCA A.I.R. editions reinforce our mission to reaffirm Grace Ely’s testamentary wishes for an art center where artists, arts organizations and the public assemble, exchange, learn, and engage through exhibitions, performances, and emerging contemporary practice. 

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Artist Talk: Circling Lev
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Talk: Circling Lev

Steve DiGiovanni will be giving an artist talk and slide presentation on May 23 from 6-7 pm. 

Steve is a professional artist and instructor who lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut. He has exhibited throughout the region and is included in numerous private collections as well as the New Britain Museum of American Art. He has completed portraits for the Yale University department of political science, the Yale school of medicine and other private and professional clients. His work and exhibitions have been reviewed in many publications including the New York Times and Art New England. 

He received his MFA at The Maryland Institute College of Art, 1987 and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Norwalk Community College. He is also the Instructor and Department Head for Painting and Drawing at the Creative Arts Workshop.

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Artist Talk - Circling Lev
May
17
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Talk - Circling Lev

Paul Clabby and Turner Brooks will be having a conversation about Levni Sinanoglu and his work, to coincide with the current show "Circling Lev" May 17th from 5-8pm.
Come see the show, works by these two artists and others in the show. 

Check out work by Turner Brooks here:
https://www.turnerbrooksarchitect.com/

For more information about "Circling Lev" visit our website:
https://www.elycenter.org/circling-lev/

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The Great Give & ECoCA
May
1
to May 2

The Great Give & ECoCA

Feel at home with the arts!
Help us preserve the past and create the future.

For 55+ years, artists and their audiences have come together within the Elizabethan John Slade Ely House Galleries. Our Great Give goal this year is $10,000. Please donate during this 36-hour event that ends May 2 at midnight. We are grateful for any and all amounts!

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Mar
8
5:00 PM17:00

Opening : Silence Breakers

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 DJ Dana will be rocking the party

DJ Dana will be rocking the party

An unjuried open call exhibition

Opening International Women's Day

The Ely Center of Contemporary Art in collaboration with Nasty Women Connecticut present the group exhibition, Silence Breakers. We invite artists working across disciplines, to create artwork that addresses issues of abuse, consent, and identity as well as themes of domesticity and home. The show will look at the often-blurred line between security and insecurity in the home, providing room to explore ideas around gender, equity, sexuality, individuality and domestic life.

Throughout the month of March, the Ely Center will host a series of programs related to this year’s theme, including a panel discussion moderated by Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, performances, film screenings, nights, workshops, and artists talks.

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Dr. Robert Bourgeois Talk and Katro Storm Paintings
Feb
18
1:00 PM13:00

Dr. Robert Bourgeois Talk and Katro Storm Paintings

Sunday, February 18th 1-4pm:

1–1:45 pm
Dr. Robert Bourgeois will speak about the ecological aspect of spirituality, as well as current political concerns relating to humanity’s relationship to the environment.

1–4 pm
Katro Storm will be presenting his progression in 21 Paintings in 21 Days that he has been working on during gallery hours at ECOCA.

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Makers Day - Recycled Tote Bags
Feb
4
2:00 PM14:00

Makers Day - Recycled Tote Bags

Makers Day - Recycled Tote Bags
Sunday, February 4th 2-4pm: 
Faustin Adeniran, Susan McCaslin, Alexis Musinski and Roxanne Faber Savage will guide you in sewing your own tote bags made from a variety of recycled materials provided by us! Make a gift for someone or keep it for yourself! All are welcome
- $10 donation

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Dec
3
3:00 PM15:00

ECOCA Holiday Party

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The Friends of John Slade Ely House of Contemporary Art—stewards of John Slade Ely House’s revival—invite you to join us for art, merriment, and thanks in the Elizabethan mansion Grace Ely left to New Haven’s arts community over 55 years ago.

The party directly follows the opening reception of the New Haven Paint & Clay Club Annual Members Juried Exhibition from 1–3 pm.

Musical Performance by the Resistance Choir
The New Haven Resistance Choir is a group of volunteer singers who gather to learn songs of resistance and hope and then perform them in and around New Haven, CT

Celebratory libation in honor of Grace’s Trust concocted by

 

A special thanks for our neighbors and friends for their generous support

  • Caseus 
  • Katalina's 
  • Mickey’s Restaurant
  • Wave Gallery
  • Romeo & Joe's
  • Fashionista
  • Katahdin Furniture
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Nov
30
to Jan 7

Opening : New Haven Paint & Clay Club Annual Members Exhibition

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Public Reception:  Sunday, December 3, 1 – 3 pm

In 1961, the The New Haven Paint & Clay Club found a home for its exhibitions at The John Slade Ely House, where it now sponsors its exhibitions yearly.

In 1900, a group of Connecticut artists met and formed the NHPCC, now one of New England’s oldest, and still active, arts organizations. New Haven was chosen primarily because of the Yale School of the Fine Arts, where many of the artists had studied. Many of the important American artists of the 1900s were represented in the Club’s early exhibits.

Arthur Guagliumi, Nevsky Prospect. (NHPCC's Permanent Collection)

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Nasty Women Film Fest
Nov
7
5:00 PM17:00

Nasty Women Film Fest

Nasty Women New Haven (NWNH) invites all New England film makers, experienced or novice, to participate in the Nasty Women Film Event. The power of art to illuminate issues and build community has been demonstrated throughout the ages, most recently through the Nasty Women Art Installation, and we plan to do it again! Through our next event NWNH aims to unite and give voice to all members of society, and to raise awareness of issues affecting women, immigrants, and, those who have been marginalized under the current administration. This film exhibition will provide a forum for communication about these critical challenges through the medium of moving image. Filmmaking is a critical agent of social change, and the NWNH Film Event offers an opportunity for artists of all ages to share their voice, art, and, stories in an open and inclusive forum.

All submission donations benefit:
Planned Parenthood of Southern New England
Integrated Refugee and Immigration Services
Make the Road CT

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Explore Color Theory with Shilo Ratner
Nov
5
1:00 PM13:00

Explore Color Theory with Shilo Ratner

1–2 pm | COLOR THEORY EXPLORED
Join A.I.R. painter, Shilo Ratner for a talk about color theory followed by a hands-on workshop. Shilo will introduce participants to the color wheel and discuss color interaction and lead everyone through an exciting collage project. No fee to participate. Materials provided.

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We Grab Our Own-Workshop / Art and Activism Talks with PP
Nov
5
1:00 PM13:00

We Grab Our Own-Workshop / Art and Activism Talks with PP

1–4 pm | WE GRAB OUR OWN
A participatory drop-in workshop with artist Alexandra Rutsch Brock as part of A.I.R. collective Nasty Women CT Film Fest. Come and decorate a ceramic vagina sculpture to add to our collaborative wall installation. Alexandra, who originally exhibited a version of this project last year for the Nasty Women Exhibition, has generously agreed to make 200 small ceramic (and already fired) vagina sculptures for you to paint, embellish and bedazzle. 

Details: $20 donation to Planned Parenthood gets you two (2) sculptures to decorate so you can keep one and add one to the community installation. We hope to sell these artworks at our closing reception on November 17 and donate proceeds to Planned Parenthood.

2–3 pm | CONVERSATION: ART AND ACTIVISM
A presentation by Planned Parenthood in conjunction with Nasty Women CT We Grab Our Own participatory workshop.

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MANIAC: Artist Talks
Oct
8
2:00 PM14:00

MANIAC: Artist Talks

Cat Balco, Jeanne Criscola, and Karen Ostrom

Sunday, October 8 at 2pm

Cat Balco is an artist writer and who has shown her paintings, murals, and collaborative projects widely; recent venues include Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT) Artspace (New Haven, CT); The Painting Center (New York City), and the University Gallery (Sacramento, CA). She has served as a visiting artist at institutions including the Maine College of Art, Swarthmore College, Pratt Institute at the Munson Williams Proctor School of Art, and Yale University. 
http://catbalco.com/home.html

Jeanne Criscola has built her reputation by integrating her experiences as a designer, artist, and educator collaborating with individuals and international organizations on arts and culture issues and social justice initiatives. Her artworks, which have been exhibited internationally, take the form of the book, drawing, photography, moving image, installation, generative art, and performance. Jeanne’s most high-profile publications and exhibitions are the many award-winning projects she has created for the Soros Foundations, one of which is in the Franklin Furnace collection of MOMA. 
www.criscoladesign.com

Karen Ostrom is a Canadian artist working in photography, installation, video and most recently, animation. Her work with linear and non-linear narratives has been developing for many years under the umbrella project Holiday in Hope, a fictional fishing village where the characters, all played by Ostrom, are defined by their labour or profession. Initially meant to be metaphors for the human psyche, the characters, over time, began to take on a life of their own initiating project content and direction.  
https://www.karenostrom.net/

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Ball and Socket Arts
Oct
1
1:30 PM13:30

Ball and Socket Arts

Presentation

by Ilona Somogyi the Co-Founder of Ball and Socket Arts

The mission of Ball & Socket Arts, Inc. is to create a collaborative arts center in the former Ball and Socket Manufacturing Company factory in Cheshire, CT. The center will partner the visual and performing arts, community arts programming, artist studio space, arts education, and design workshops to create a synergetic arts hub that serves Cheshire and the south-central region of Connecticut. Ball & Socket Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

https://www.ballandsocket.org/

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MANIAC: Artist Talks
Sep
27
6:00 PM18:00

MANIAC: Artist Talks

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Ellen Hackl Fagan, Cynthia Beth Rubin and Suzan Shutan

Ellen Hackl Fagan is on a quest to hear the sound of cobalt blue. Working with saturated colors when painting sensitized her to color’s communicative nature. Building connections between color and sound through abstract paintings, photography and interactive digital technologies, she seeks to create a synaesthetic language that pairs color to sound. She is developing The Reverse Color Organ and the ColorSoundGrammar Game, two interactive projects that enable viewers to explore the aural potential of color. Her process walks the balance between randomness and intention, like jazz music, revealing limitless possibilities for improvisation. Fagan exhibits her artwork throughout the greater New York metropolitan area and maintains her studio and curatorial practice in Bushwick. Ellen Hackl Fagan is the owner of ODETTA, a new artist run gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NYC.
http://www.ehfaganstudio.com/index.html

Cynthia Beth Rubin (b. 1950, Rochester NY) is a new media artist based in New Haven, CT USA, with a studio practice extending from New York City to Narragansett, RI.  Rubin is a gradate of Antioch College, in Ohio (BA), and Maryland Institute, College of Art (MFA). 
Ocean Life
Watch a clip here: https://vimeo.com/234063047
http://www.cbrubin.net/

Suzan Shutan received a BFA from Cal Arts, Valencia, CA, and a MFA from Rutgers University Mason Gross, NJ. Her work has been shown throughout the United States, South America and Europe.
http://www.suzanshutan.com/

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Photogram/Cyanotype Workshop
Sep
23
2:00 PM14:00

Photogram/Cyanotype Workshop

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Joan Fitzsimmons

ECOCA will be participating in the Whitney-Audubon Retail & Arts District Presents Fall Free For All – A Taste of the Arts. Joan Fitzsimmons will be running a Photogram/Cyanotype Workshop inspired by the gelatin silver print photograms and paper sun prints used in Karen Ostrom's piece, Periodically.  

For more info on Fall Free for All: http://newhavenarts.org/fallfreeforall/

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